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Inside Kashmir’s media facility amid blackout

Jan 21st, 2020 | By

A look inside the only media centre in Indian-administered Kashmir offering internet facility to journalists.   “Everybody has been deprived of the internet,” says Hilal Mir, a journalist working in Indian-administered Kashmir. This media facility is provided by government authorities and is the only place where journalists are able to push out news stories amid



In Kashmir, an empty bed signifies a life lost

Jan 21st, 2020 | By

A female Kashmiri photojournalist describes the challenges and advantages of covering the story of her homeland. by Masrat Zahra The funeral of prominent rebel commander Zakir Musa in Noorpora, a village in south Kashmir’s Tral district I was born and raised in Srinagar’s old town, where I would often watch street clashes play out between



Media silenced in Kashmir

Dec 11th, 2019 | By

Anuradha Bhasin, the executive editor of Kashmir Times, addressing a seminar on ‘Media Freedom for Kashmir’ organised in Thrissur on Tuesday by the Kerala Media Academy in association with the KUWJ. Internet and cellphones restricted, says Kashmir Times executive editor As all means of communications have been restricted, the media in Kashmir are struggling for



BJP Leader Thrown Out Of Asia Pacific Summit For Disrupting Pakistan’s Speech On Kashmir

Nov 21st, 2019 | By

Pakistan National Assembly Deputy Speaker Qasim Suri raised the Kashmir issue at the summit. Bharatiya Janata Party leader Vijay Jolly was thrown out of the Asia Pacific Summit, 2019 in Cambodia on Tuesday when he tried to disrupt the speech of Pakistan National Assembly Deputy Speaker Qasim Suri on Kashmir issue. In a video circulated



Top Kashmiri leader asks Pakistan to withdraw from peace pacts with India

Nov 12th, 2019 | By

Syed Ali Shah Geelani urges Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan to respond to India’s “annexation” of disputed Kashmir by dissolving Tashkent, Shimla and Lahore agreements, and “re-designation” of de facto border to “ceasefire line.” Islamabad must withdraw “from all aspects” of several peace accords with India and re-designate the de facto Kashmir border Line of



Twitter accused of censoring free speech in Kashmir

Nov 1st, 2019 | By

Activists and journalists allege the micro-blogging site is ‘part of the censorship imposed by the Indian government’. An Indian soldier stands guard in Srinagar, Kashmir [FAROOQ KHAN/EPA-EFE] Rights activists have raised concerns over the removal of hundreds of thousands of tweets, many of them belonging to journalists critical of the Indian government’s policy on Indian-administered



No Kashmiri Flag, Constitution Under Indian-Imposed Changes

Nov 1st, 2019 | By

SRINAGAR, India — India on Thursday formally implemented legislation approved by Parliament in early August that removes Indian-controlled Kashmir’s semi-autonomous status and begins direct federal rule of the disputed area amid a harsh security lockdown and widespread public disenchantment. The legislation divides the former state of Jammu-Kashmir into two federally governed territories. Government forces were



Anxious and Cooped Up, 1.5 Million Kashmiri Children Are Still Out of School

Nov 1st, 2019 | By

Mehak Javid Bhat, 18, center, was preparing for medical school when her high school in Kashmir shut. Thirteen weeks after India unilaterally revoked Kashmir’s autonomy, education stands as one of the crisis’s most glaring casualties.Credit…Atul Loke for The New York Times By Sameer Yasir and Jeffrey Gettleman Every day, Aliya Khan, a fifth-grader in Kashmir,



Kashmir Black Day

Oct 25th, 2019 | By



Kashmir families live in fear as loved ones are detained far from home

Oct 17th, 2019 | By

Relatives tell of 1,000km bus journeys to Agra where prisoners are held after Modi crackdown A reporter in Srinagar, and Ahmer Khan and Rebecca Ratcliffe in Agra The last time he saw her, Mehraj-ud-din Wani assured his wife that he would soon be a free man. Wani was speaking to his wife, Gulshan, from behind